On Oct 3rd,My 13th month old bit into a piece of toast with peanut butter on it and had an immediate rection.(she was at daycare) watery eyes and nose, hives covering her entire head and face swollen lips,eyes and cheeks, lethargic. MY doctor is concerned that this was so severe that her next one could be fatal. As parents we are in disbelief, She had had the odd peanut butter cookie before with no reaction. Weird or what? MY cousin's daughter has Pa but she vomits when she comes into contact with a peanut. Is this a common reaction?I have an epipen for my daughter, but I am so worried about her. She's so young and she'll eat anything. People are always trying to give her food! I feel like putting a sign on her that says. I have pa-don't feed me. Help!! What steps should I start with?? Is there a list of peanut free foods? Can I trust labels, Etc. Any info or support would be great Thanks Julie
On Oct 6, 2001
Your daughter's reaction is common as a lot of children show those signs on their first reaction. As far as the issue of the pb cookie compared to the incident at day care, the strength of the protein in the pb at day care was obviously stronger and directly ingested. There may not have been enough in that cookie to trigger the severe reaction. I'm sure different kids show different symptoms, depending on how allergic they are, and how much they ingest. My son vomited the first time he was exposed (a cracker with peanut oil in the ingrediants) (we had no idea it was an allergy), and swelled and became lethargic the second time he was exposed (a TINY bite of peanut butter on a little cracker). He scored a 6 on the RAST test and now it's become airborn to him. Even if he smells it he starts gagging and will start to wheeze (he's also asthmatic).
I've wanted to put a sign on him for years (you can actually get shirts from this site which I've used for things like field trips to the zoo..when strangers are around). That fear of someone else feeding it to him I know is overwhelming. The advice of my doctor was to tell EVERYONE you know about their allergy. Let them know how serious it is, and that it is fatal. My day care tried just avoiding nut products from my son, and realized it would be easier to just remove them. I'm sure your day care doesn't want another incident like the last one, and would be happy to help. Also they should contact the other parents and let them know about baking tips for treats (I asked my day care to include my phone number on the note that went home to parents, and had some call me for tips on what to make).
I've posted on another board, but want to remind people that may not know, one epipen is not enough! Hopefully you were given several (if not, give your dr a call). Keep them at families homes and at day care. Make sure others know how to use them, and be sure to renew them every year.
Most of the fear turns into awareness after some time passes. You'll automaticly be reading lables and surveying foods when you go to other places looking for potential nut products. Learn as much as you can..and as always we're here to help. It'll become just a way of life and not so overwhelming, I promise.